Champagne Jello Shots

0 Posted by - December 31, 2012 - Food & Drink

Folks, we are hours away from New Year’s and you know what that means: ALCOHOL! Champagne, beer, Tom Collinses, I don’t care. Any way is a good way. Of course, this year, I will be imbibing in the privacy of my own home with my Christmas pajamas on. But I thought I’d make something festive to celebrate anyway. Champagne jello shots!

Ok, these are actually butterbeer jello shots from Rock Ur Party, but they're on the champagne jello shot blog post at Perpetually Engaged.

Ok, these are actually butterbeer jello shots from Rock Ur Party, but they’re on the Champagne jello shot blog post at Perpetually Engaged.

As noted in the caption above, this is not really a picture of the recipe I found. Probably because the recipe does not look like that. Sigh. I knew this going in, but did that stop me? Hell no. I wanted a Champagne vehicle.

My first problem? I have never, ever seen white sparking grape jello in the store. I don’t think it exists.


So, I got the closest thing I could find.


I know I know. Cue the angry readers.

You never do it right, OMG. If you would just follow the fucking directions your shit wouldn’t be so shitty. What are you– stupid? I’m never reading this blog ever, ever again.

Fine. Guilty as charged. But I think that if you want me to do it right, you should mail me some sparkling white grape jello. Go ahead:

Sonja Foust
PMB 221
4711 Hope Valley Rd Ste 4F
Durham, NC 27707

I’m serious. In fact, I think I’m going to make this my standing disclaimer. Fill my box, people.

Anyway, I pressed on.


Awesomest thing about this recipe? You add the champagne post-boil so as not to lose any of that lovely alcohol content.


Second awesomest thing? Now you have an open bottle of champagne, and even though you are still wearing your HO HO HO pajamas, no one will know if you take a swig before you put everything back in the refrigerator.


Four hours later, I cut and dished the jello. Uhh…


And even though this ended up looking like a pile of purple intestines and I didn’t even bother with the sprinkles, they tasted pretty good. And had champagne in them.


So not a total loss.

Happy New Year to you, Pintestes! I wish you health, wealth, and fails that at least will get you drunk.



  • Bariatric Beginnings December 31, 2012 - 6:29 pm Reply

    I know the white grape exists here in Ohio, I’ve seen it before but that was like 10 years ago, haven’t looked for it recently. I think the purple one probably tastes better, actually any color tastes good with booze it in.

  • Alicia Prevost December 31, 2012 - 6:33 pm Reply

    From the looks of the consistency…these would work better as jello shooters in shot glasses than cutting them into shapes. I always wondered that about the jello shots that look so pretty and cut nicely on pinterest.

    And I too have never seen sparkling grape jello in stores. I’m not entirely sure it really exists…

    • Havana James December 31, 2012 - 6:37 pm Reply

      i think ( i may be wrong) those pretty shots have extra geletin in them for consistency.

  • Anna December 31, 2012 - 6:35 pm Reply

    You should have used orange jello so they would be mimosa jello shots and you could eat them for breakfast.

    • Kellitorable January 3, 2013 - 1:50 am Reply

      Or Peach jello, for Bellini jello shots ;D my favorite!

  • Havana James December 31, 2012 - 6:36 pm Reply

    Fill my Box! LMAO

  • Kendra McLaughlin December 31, 2012 - 6:48 pm Reply

    This was pretty much awesome. Do I see a butter beer jello shot test in the near future? I mean, you have to do the picture your own twisted justice.

  • Susan Brinkley December 31, 2012 - 7:16 pm Reply

    According to Jello’s website. the sparkling jellos don’t exist any more. They also don’t make non-sparkling white grape, so clearly the fault is not yours! It is true that to get the happy little squares, you have to add an additional pack of unflavored gelatin, but whatever. Tastes good. Contains champagne, and it’s not like you’re serving it to Martha Stewart anyway. Win.

  • TK6646 December 31, 2012 - 7:46 pm Reply

    Ha! “Fill my box.” and “Pin-testes”! …I’m drunk right now.

  • Diane Minnis White December 31, 2012 - 7:54 pm Reply

    I have made jell-o shots out of the “sparkling” jell-o flavors in the past. The only thing that made them sparkling was that you added club soda instead of water. They actually were really good though…but you could’ve used just plain unflavored gelatin (two packs) and it would’ve tasted more like champagne and less like grape.

  • Craig S. Thom December 31, 2012 - 8:12 pm Reply

    If you ever start accurately following the directions I am going to quit reading your blog. So there.

    • Stephanie January 1, 2013 - 1:16 pm Reply

      Agreed. I second that remark.

    • Ethne Hedren Denham January 2, 2013 - 2:20 pm Reply

      I agree as well.

  • Kasie Strickland December 31, 2012 - 8:49 pm Reply

    Dude, the “angry reader” comment made me spit some of my wine out. Fucking hilarious.

  • Erin Berube December 31, 2012 - 9:23 pm Reply

    What? No “Nailed it” caption on the after pic?

    Please don’t ever follow the directions. You give us all hope.

  • Truffles8761 December 31, 2012 - 10:01 pm Reply

    I would have enjoyed a shot of your Ho Ho Ho PJs. I’m assuming that’s Santa’s laugh and not a statement regarding your personal activities (although, if it’s the latter, I need to find out where you bought them as my friend needs a set of those and and some therapy). Thanks for “working” on the holiday. I’ll continue to knock back my Brandy Alexander in your honor….then I’ll surely pass out.

    • Pintester December 31, 2012 - 10:05 pm Reply

      You can catch a glimpse of the pants in the tea kettle reflection. 😉

  • Jessi W January 1, 2013 - 12:18 am Reply

    The sparkling flavors were some of my favorites, but they were all discontinued. Boo 🙁

  • LKGirlHPFan January 1, 2013 - 1:46 am Reply

    Looks like this grape jelly that my mom gets, where you squeeze it out like shampoo. Same exact color and it comes out pretty much looking like that. Although I would hope the alcohol level in the jelly is considerably lower.

  • Chantel Clausen January 1, 2013 - 2:39 am Reply

    Oh man, I remember the Sparkling Jell-os that were out. That was when I was a teenager, though, I think. (I’m almost 30 now! Eep!) I haven’t seen it in AGES, though!!!

  • Franziska Külbel January 1, 2013 - 9:39 am Reply

    Challenge accepted! As soon as I’m back in England I’m gonna search the stores for some nice sparkly jello 🙂

  • scotpjmacdonald January 1, 2013 - 9:47 am Reply

    Thanks for making all of our New Years a little brighter Pintester! Here’s to a year of many many more failed pins!

    Oh…..and what about a Tom Collins Jello Shot? Hendrick’s Gin and Lemon or Lime Jello….it’s 8:47 am here…time to hit the kitchen!

  • Evanthegirl January 1, 2013 - 10:44 am Reply

    You know you’re gonna get a shit ton of sparkling grape jello, right?

  • Juliet January 1, 2013 - 1:02 pm Reply

    How do you get the sprinkles to adhere? Not the point, I know. 😉 Just mystified. Have made jello shots many a time, but always doubled the jello proportions for extra “turgidity”.

    • Jasi Lee January 2, 2013 - 8:50 pm Reply

      lick it first? then dunk? idk.. water maybe? lol

  • Christy January 1, 2013 - 1:09 pm Reply

    The sparkling jello has been Discontinued!

  • Stephanie January 1, 2013 - 1:20 pm Reply

    After I found out what jello is made out of, I decided I didn’t like it anymore.

  • libraryofbird January 1, 2013 - 5:16 pm Reply

    I’m going to go raid my jello stash and liquor cabinet. I think boozey jello is the perfect after work snack.

  • Kari Hayes January 1, 2013 - 5:20 pm Reply

    I’ve had the sparkling jello, but ’twas a loong-ass time ago. I’m sad it’s not made anymore.

    As to your jello shots? The champagne made the grape jello all neato looking. What you did with it afterwards is what brings me back here time and time again – please don’t ever start following directions babe!

  • ShadyOGrady January 1, 2013 - 6:32 pm Reply

    After high school we went to party at the beach and decided to make Jello shots. Who the hell knew you had to put water in those bitches? Not me. So of course vodka+ Jello powder won’t set. Not even in the freezer. We were too not 21 to buy more vodka so we drank that slimy shit. Never again. Yours looks much better than ours.

  • Jasi Lee January 1, 2013 - 8:21 pm Reply

    I feel like you’re the Mythbuster of Pinterest. I can’t tell you how many local mama’s craft-shame each other. “This? Oh I just made these chocolate butterflies an hour or two ago during little Tyler’s naptime..” Bullsh*t!! There’s no way half of these people could produce perfect results, the first time, with this list of stuff. Either their hiding a secret ingredient or a sous chef in their closet. Thanks for making the rest of us feel human. <3

  • Kathleen January 1, 2013 - 10:19 pm Reply

    Seriously – do you know what it is/how gelatin is made? Not enough alcohol around for me to eat that shit. However I do appreciate your efforts and enjoy your blog!

    • Jasi Lee January 2, 2013 - 8:49 pm Reply

      gelatin is nasty! there are PLENTY of agar agar shot recipes online. it’s like jello but plant based. =D crafts with liquor ftw!

      • Craig S. Thom January 4, 2013 - 8:27 pm Reply

        Gelatin (which comes from collagen) is what makes barbecue and pot roast so moist and yummy. So, yeah, we know where it comes from. And we eat it.

        • Jasi Lee January 6, 2013 - 8:07 pm Reply

          you’d be surprised how many people don’t know that, though. i dont bother with it in any form. but i get where you’re going with it.

      • Chelle Crew January 5, 2013 - 1:21 am Reply

        So I got a huge thing of agar for biology lab class I did. I soo did that experiment wrong. I was like the pintester of my biology class, I tried so hard to follow the directions, but alas it didn’t always work. I still passed, so I’ll take it. 😀

  • laura c January 2, 2013 - 10:17 am Reply

    a. i love you. you make the pinterest realities the best.

    b. if you ever want to get serious about some boozy jello shots try this place out: this is the second year in a row where i’ve made several batches from their website and they’ve turned out pretty awesome. and not super difficult… also… jello as a medium for booze only ever seems to work with high quantities of vodka… go figure……

  • Kimberliah January 2, 2013 - 1:09 pm Reply

    When an angry reader actually send you the sparkling white grape jello, let me know and give me their return address… I’ll return the favor by sending them 20 boxes of the purple grape jello! I love your fails!

  • Ethne Hedren Denham January 2, 2013 - 2:21 pm Reply

    I’ve made jello shots with loads of types of jello and alcohols, sans fizz. Maybe the sprinkles would’ve been good to mask the ugly gelatinous fizz-ello tops. Still, rock on, jello shots rule.

  • Angela January 2, 2013 - 2:41 pm Reply

    The white sparkling grape jello flavor is discontinued

  • Terri Beth Childers January 2, 2013 - 5:56 pm Reply


  • Kaylah Mitchell January 2, 2013 - 7:07 pm Reply

    Sonja, I would like to see what you do with all the white sparkling grape jello when you get like 50,000 boxes in the mail from readers. lol

  • Amy January 3, 2013 - 3:34 am Reply

    For sturdier jello you can just double (use 2 boxes) the amount of powder that you use for the recipe.

  • Tonnina January 3, 2013 - 11:34 am Reply

    Yeah they don’t make that Jello flavor anymore… I did have it when I was a kid though… I remember it, green box and bubbly when you made it. So good!

  • Carmen January 3, 2013 - 12:26 pm Reply

    FYI,2247,158179-238203,00.html… Just in case you wanted to try this again. Your blog IS hilarious as is, though.

  • Llama spit January 4, 2013 - 9:51 am Reply

    So, can we only send your discontinued jello, or can we also send you other random jello flavors? What about random crap that we find at the flea market and stuff? :p

  • Brittany Eisenhart January 4, 2013 - 2:58 pm Reply

    You’re hilarious!!!! Did you ever get any JELLO in your box?

  • Jill January 6, 2013 - 9:07 pm Reply

    I found Jolly Rancher sour apple jello on New Years eve. Went straight to the liquor store and bought sour apple vodka! Yum!:

  • emily_jean January 7, 2013 - 11:20 am Reply

    It’s not like your average person is going to follow every single direction to the T. What you do is more like what I would do. I’m not going to go out and buy some weird shit that I’ll never use again just so I can make ONE thing from Pinterest correctly. Welcome to the real world of slightly lazy people, angry reader.

  • Angie M January 8, 2013 - 11:59 am Reply

    I usually make my champaign ones with strawberry or watermelon jello….and well, pour them into shot cups because I am too lazy to cut squares out after the fact. I like to set it and forget it.

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  • Guest January 8, 2013 - 5:04 pm Reply

    If you wanted to try this again, you can use a couple envelopes of Knox plain gelatin in there, it will become a lot more solid and will be usable. That’s how we would make “Finger Jello” in the 70’s before they started calling them Jello Jigglers. my two cents.

  • blackhuff January 10, 2013 - 4:22 am Reply

    I love your blog which I came across on Pinterest. Keep this up, this is great.
    Sad that the recipe don’t work 🙁

  • The Little Canvas January 11, 2013 - 10:16 pm Reply

    I think if you even used sparkling grape jell-o it still woulda turned out wrong lol. Jell-o is jell-o. and let’s face it, who actually follows directions when doing a pinterest pin…i never do lol

  • Sarah Kramm January 28, 2013 - 2:14 am Reply

    How is it ever possible to cut jello out in perfect little squares??? Everytime i try, it’s an EPIC fail! Props for trying, and i’m sure they still tasted yummy!

    • ThetaSigma October 19, 2013 - 1:44 pm Reply

      I honestly think it’s some kind of square mold or something, ’cause half the edges taste like, well, edges!

  • JAMIE January 30, 2013 - 1:58 pm Reply

    I did this, got it off PIN as well.. and they turned out just like yours..

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  • Nichole March 8, 2013 - 5:55 pm Reply

    I actually appreciate your substitutions because in real life you cannot always find that stuff! PS- I dont think sparkling jello exists anymore.

  • HisBabygirl April 27, 2013 - 11:37 pm Reply

    Hmm…what if you used the jello they make for soda pop, and used the champagne instead? Although, I’m pretty sure it’s just unflavored gelatin in a jello branded box.

  • nicky December 22, 2013 - 11:01 pm Reply

    you have to add extra gelatine into the jello to make it stiff enough to cut into squares

  • Julie Ann July 12, 2014 - 6:59 pm Reply

    This one you would want to use the jiggler recipe! More jello – less liquid!

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